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Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp Sunday.
Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Gronk practiced at roughly three-quarters speed. Gronkowski isn't quite 100 percent cleared for all team work yet, but he's coming along on or ahead of schedule. His ADP is in the early third round.
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Rob Gronkowski told reporters Friday he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.
Gronk has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, but Gronk wouldn't be Gronk if he didn't go all out. "I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing in everything I do," he assured, followed by a smiling giggle. "Haha." Amid numerous injuries, Gronkowski has scored 33 touchdowns over his last 34 games.
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Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is sporting both a brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and a protective sleeve over his surgically-repaired arm.
Despite avoiding the PUP list, Gronk has been limited to individual drills thus far in camp, and is expected to be brought along slowly. However, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss observed Thursday that Gronk does not seem "reluctant running, cutting and planting." The injury concern with Gronk is self evident at this point, but the monster upside remains.
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Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Thursday.
It's a reminder that even though Gronkowski has avoided the PUP list and been medically cleared, he's not 100 percent. Less than seven months removed from reconstructive surgery, the Patriots are going to ease him in gradually in the hope that he'll be ready to play all the snaps come Week 1. The good news for Gronk is that we still have more than six weeks until the opener.
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Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.
Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing his knee out, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means that Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would have cost him the first six regular season games. He'll likely be coddled a bit at camp, but this news puts him squarely on track for Week 1 and his fantasy ADP should skyrocket accordingly. Gronk's 16-game pace last season was 89-1,353-9, and he's scored 42 touchdowns in 50 career NFL games.
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Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) said Friday night that he anticipates playing a full season in 2014.
"I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," said Gronk at his women's football clinic. Gronkowski played all 16 games his first two NFL seasons, but has missed 14 over the past two years. Gronk is expected to open camp on the active/PUP list as he's eased into football activities. If Gronk indeed makes it 16 games, he'll push Jimmy Graham to be fantasy's No. 1 tight end.
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Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't know if he'll open training camp on the active/PUP list.
Gronkowski was able to get in limited work during OTAs, but his availability for the start of camp remains in doubt. He's still a strong candidate to begin on the active/PUP list. Gronk has been rehabbing at the Patriots' facility for the last month. All signs continue to point toward him being ready for Week 1.
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The Patriots' website reports "all signs point toward" Rob Gronkowski (knee) being ready to go in Week 1.
Gronkowski was limited to individual work at OTAs and has been rehabbing at the Patriots' facility the last two weeks. He's expected to open training camp on the PUP list, but there continues to be optimism that he'll be ready for Week 1. We'll know more on Gronk's status when camp opens in late July. Gronkowski has played in just 18 games the last two seasons due to injuries.
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Rob Gronkowski (knee) ran sprints up the side of a hill at Wednesday's practice for the first time.
We're looking for any signs of tangible progress out of Gronk, so this qualifies. Although he's not participating in OTAs, he continues to do rehab work on the side and has also been spotted doing some cutting. Gronkowski at least has a chance to be ready for Week 1, but we won't have any real read on his status until training camp gets going.
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The Boston Globe reports Rob Gronkowski (knee) was "bursting, planting, and cutting" during the early portion of Thursday's OTA.
Beat writer Ben Volin says that it looks like Gronkowski doesn't have any limitations. He's been limited to individual work on the side and is fully expected to open training camp on the PUP list, but optimism continues to build that Gronkowski will be ready Week 1. We'll continue to monitor his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL all summer. Gronk is just five months removed from surgery.